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Old 01-19-15, 11:10 AM
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Putting the caliper behind the fork makes more sense to me, the caliper assembly being pushed against the fork crown instead of pulling on the bolt.

Why isn't this (usually) done?

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Originally Posted by arex
Putting the caliper behind the fork makes more sense to me, the caliper assembly being pushed against the fork crown instead of pulling on the bolt.

Why isn't this (usually) done?
The caliper isn't especially being pushed or pulled. Rather, the caliper arms are being torqued through the lever arm length of its reach to the braking surface. Either way, the tensile strength of the mounting bolt must be able to hold the caliper tight to the fork crown, or for the rear to the brake bridge.

It seems to me the advantage of mounting it behind the fork is that it might be more aerodynamic, but not by much! The downside of putting it behind the fork is it makes it more exposed to dirt thrown up by the tire.
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Originally Posted by arex
Putting the caliper behind the fork makes more sense to me, the caliper assembly being pushed against the fork crown instead of pulling on the bolt.

Why isn't this (usually) done?
I suspect, the Badger might have been doing or training for a time trial stage in that early 80's pic with that bike and the caliper behind the fork was an early aero experiment by the Gitane team.......
An aero profile headstock and main frame tubes is also evident on the bike......
IIRC, one of our BF C&V forum members actually owns one of these team issue aero Gitanes........ the lucky dog....
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Great thread. I recall watching a Tour de France video (it's on Youtube...maybe 1960) where it said the early day cyclists would often raid random people's homes and pantries grabbing food, wine and drinks and take off with them. The Tour organizers would then follow up and repay the damages to the bewildered residents.
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great stuff- Thanks for sharing

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Originally Posted by CV-6

Jonathan Boyer on one of his Confente Lejeunes

Actually I don't think that bike is a Confente. The graphics are different, the stars are white, Cunningham used foil stars from a dime store, the lugs are not Bocama professionals and the fork crown does not have a flat top.
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Maybe this is a sign of getting old but seems to me that both cyclists and photographers in past years were able to do more with less compared to their modern counterparts.
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Originally Posted by peter_d
Maybe this is a sign of getting old but seems to me that both cyclists and photographers in past years were able to do more with less compared to their modern counterparts.
I don't know, Graham Watson takes a pretty good picture.
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Originally Posted by repechage
Actually I don't think that bike is a Confente. The graphics are different, the stars are white, Cunningham used foil stars from a dime store, the lugs are not Bocama professionals and the fork crown does not have a flat top.
Yup.. You are right. That is the post card Cunningham used to pattern the paint on the Confente Lejeunes. I reread his CR post and found my photos of the Confente Lejeunes
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